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Florida Supreme Court to hear redistricting cases

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July 20, 2010

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida: The legal battle in Florida's lower courts surrounding two proposed redistricting initiatives came to a halt on Monday, July 19, when the Florida Supreme Court agreed to hear the case. The hearing, however, will most likely remain pending until the high court returns from vacation in August.[1][2]

The high court's announcement comes less than a week after a Leon County judge denied a request by Secretary of State Dawn Roberts and FairDistricts Florida to dismiss the lawsuit against Amendments 5 & 6. According to July reports the case was scheduled to heard on July 26 before Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford.[3]

The lawsuit was initiated by U.S. Reps. Corrine Brown and Mario Diaz-Balart. Both Brown and Diaz-Balart argue that Amendment 6 is not only misleading but would dilute minority voting powers in the state.

The case number is 10-1362. Court briefings and documents can be found here.

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